On a hot sunny day when I was a little kid I went to the beach with my parents. My father was not sunbathing and sat at the seaside fully dressed shoes and all. I was playing near the water. I was told not to go in the water because I couldn't swim.
I don't remember why. Suddenly, I ran into the water and was surprised that the water slowed me down. I was a very expressive and wild child at the time. The next thing I remember is that I am lying on the bottom of the water looking up into the mirror like surface of water above me. I'm not scared because now there are light stripes and beings (maybe angels?) beside me and I'm now looking at my body from above, there is also music - sounds like thousands of bright voices singing in harmony - I just want to be here forever! I will never ever forget this - this is so real, and somehow, my dreamlike bliss was interrupted by a hand that grabbed me. It was my father in all his clothes and shoes who pulled me out of my bliss and saved my life. (Thanks dad!)
Date NDE Occurred: summer 1960
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident drowning 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal Just before my father pulled me up.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Just before my father pulled me up.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I think I was in a doorway or beginning of a tunnel.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It fealt like an other dimension
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Bliss.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Well, in a way, I have always felt that there was more to the world than what meets the eye. I have been searching and trying out different approaches and today I think there is LOVE as a primordial energy embracing us all - we just need to be a hundred percent present and accepting of life as it is and not let our 'smaller' selves run the show.
What is your religion now? Moderate spiritual understanding- advaita / buddism / Christian mystic approach
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Well, in a way, I have always felt that there was more to the world than what meets the eye. I have been searching and trying out different approaches and today I think there is LOVE as a primordial energy embracing us all - we just need to be a hundred percent present and accepting of life as it is and not let our 'smaller' selves run the show.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I think the music I heard has made me very fond of music - I have even been a reviewer of ambient music for a magazine.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with my parents, but I don't think they listened. I have not told anyone about this particular experience in this way before.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It was real and it still is.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I am sure it happened.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes In 1991 I tried regression therapy where I experienced similar blissful and dramatic experiences but these that I can't verify.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No.